“That which we obtain too easily we esteem too lightly.” — Thomas Paine (1737-1809), American pamphleteer and Founding Father
“For every prohibition you create you also create an underground.” – Jello Biafra, musician (b. 1958)
“Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.” -Andre Gide, author, Nobel laureate (1869-1951)
“With respect to the number of deaths, arms manufacturers are charitable institutions compared to cigarette manufacturers.” – Silvio Garattini, doctor, researcher, professor, and founder of the European Organization for Research on Treatment of Cancer (b. 1928)
“Words are things; and a small drop of ink
Falling like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.”
- Lord Byron, (1788-1824)
“When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set.” – Lin Yutang, writer and translator (1895-1976)
“Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.” – Elbert Hubbard, author, editor, printer (1856-1915)
“The path of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked.” – Napoleon Hill, author (1883-1970)
“To play billiards well is a sign of an ill-spent youth.” — Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) English philosopher
“Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.” -Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)
“If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.” -Thomas Hardy, novelist and poet (1840-1928)
“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” -Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and philanthropist (b. 1954)
“Eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God’s infinite love.” – Bill Hicks, comedian and social critic (1961-1994)
“All great truths begin as blasphemies.” – George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)
“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.” -Bradley Miller, activist (b. 1956)
“Words are timeless. You should utter them or write them with a knowledge of their timelessness.” -Kahlil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)
“We drank from a thermos of sweet tea and noshed on brown bread.” – Josh Tapper; In Siberia; Toronto Star (Canada); Nov 3, 2011.
“That action is best which accomplishes the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.” – Francis Hutcheson, philosopher (1694-1746)
“One must pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while still alive.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)
“There is no intermediate state between ice and water, but there is one between life and death: employment.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb (1960- ) Lebanese essayist, hedge fund manager and university professor.
“Wanda Clouston, a mammose wench in third year, waddled to the door of a cubicle.” – George Friel; Mr Alfred, MA; Calder and Boyars; 1972.
A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others. -William Faulkner, novelist (1897-1962)
“Again that terse, crisp sound lashed the clear air and one nostril of her platyrrhine nose became a bloody pockmark. She ceased to move.” – Russell H. Greenan; It Happened in Boston?; Random House; 2003.
“There is nothing so despicable as a secret society that is based upon religious prejudice and that will attempt to defeat a man because of his religion.” – William Howard Taft, 27th US president (1857-1930)
“A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” – Charles Peguy, poet and essayist (1873-1914)
“There’s nothing sadder in this world than to wake Christmas morning and not be a child.” — Erma Bombeck (1927-1966) American humorist
Men shout to avoid listening to one another. -Miguel de Unamuno, writer and philosopher (1864-1936)
“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” – George Sand [pen name of Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin], novelist (1804-1876)
“A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution.” – Jean-Paul Sartre, writer and philosopher (1905-1980)
“Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.” — Nelson Mandela (1918- ) South African political activist, first democratically elected President of South Africa.
“It’s too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair.” — George Burns (1896-1996) American comedian and actor.
“Men ever had, and ever will have leave, / To coin new words well suited to the age, / Words are like leaves, some wither every year, / And every year a younger race succeeds.” – Horace, poet and satirist (65-8 BCE)
“Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!” — Alfonso Bedoya (1904-1957), as the bandit chief in `The Treasure of Sierra Madre,’ 1948
“I dreamt that my hair was kempt. Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it.” -Ogden Nash, poet (1902-1971)
To be capable of embarrassment is the beginning of moral consciousness. Honor grows from qualms. -John Leonard, critic (1939-2008)
It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so. -Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988)
“Work keeps at bay three great evils: boredom, vice and need.” — Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) (1694-1778) French essayist.
“Uncorseted, her friendly bust
Gives promise of pneumatic bliss.”
T.S. Eliot; Whispers of Immortality; 1920.
“There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.” – James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)
“The society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.” — Thucydides (460 – 395 BC ) ancient Greek Historian
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. -Nelson Mandela, activist, South African president, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
“Uncorseted, her friendly bust
Gives promise of pneumatic bliss.”
T.S. Eliot; Whispers of Immortality; 1920
“‘But we have you — and you shall aby it.’ There were knives drawn on every side of him as these words were spoken.” – Walter Scott; Quentin Durward; 1823.
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. -Alfred North Whitehead, mathematician and philosopher (1861-1947)
Nothing so soon the drooping spirits can raise / As praises from the men, whom all men praise. -Abraham Cowley, poet (1618-1667)
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. -Carl Sandburg, poet (1878-1967)
Never confuse motion with action. -Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)
“I do desire to learn, sir; and, I hope, if you have occasion to use me for your own turn, you shall find me yare.” – William Shakespeare; Measure For Measure; 1604.
Sin is geographical. -Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)
For every language that becomes extinct, an image of man disappears. -Octavio Paz, poet, diplomat, Nobel laureate (1914-1998)
“To be capable of embarrassment is the beginning of moral consciousness. Honor grows from qualms.” – John Leonard, critic (1939-2008)
“My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.” – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), novelist (1819-1880)
“I dreamt that my hair was kempt. Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it.” – Ogden Nash, poet (1902-1971)
“It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.” – Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988)
“And the fox said to the little prince: men have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author and aviator (1900-1944)
“Words are like money; there is nothing so useless, unless when in actual use.” – Samuel Butler, writer (1835-1902)
“Several excuses are always less convincing than one.” – Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)S
“Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.” – Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, physician, musician, Nobel laureate (1875-1965)
“Whenever I date a guy, I think, is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?” – Rita Rudner (1953- )American comedian
“Memoir is not an act of history but an act of memory, which is innately corrupt.” – Mary Karr, (b. 1955) poet and memoirist
“I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it.” – Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)
“The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension.” – Ezra Pound, poet (1885-1972)
“Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.” – James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)
“Remorse is a violent dyspepsia of the mind.” – Ogden Nash, poet (1902-1971)
“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams (1735-1826) Second President of the United States.
“There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.” – Harry Crews, novelist and playwright (1935-2012)
“Most people think that shadows follow, precede, or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.” -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)
“There are two kinds of light — the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.” – James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)
“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations—entangling alliance with none.” — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States
“Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: ‘My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly.’ The stranger is a theologian.” – Denis Diderot, philosopher (1713-1784)
“If you pray for rain long enough, it eventually does fall. If you pray for floodwaters to abate, they eventually do. The same happens in the absence of prayers.” – Steve Allen, television host, musician, actor, comedian, and writer (1921-2000)
“I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashion way: I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.” — Jon Stewart (1962) American comedian